Balance. Namaste.

In a world of hustle and bustle, a society with high stress, deteriorating mental health, Americans have an issue with balance.

We don’t know how to keep ourselves in balance. We overextend ourselves and burn out. We are overworked and can’t seem to break out from a cycle of imbalance. How can we live a fulfilling life? How can we be productive while maximizing happiness? Are we lost?

I believe so.

I am a high performing business man. I know what it takes to win. I’ve been in sales since I was kid selling candy door to door. As an adult, I’ve spent 15 years as an outbound sales professional hunting new business. Yes, I’m a sales guy! Over a decade in technology sales, I’m familiar with pressure and deadlines. Especially at end of quarter! I’ve spent my entire professional career in Silicon Valley selling complicated tech to smart business savvy technologists. Silicon Valley is uber competitive with many high caliber individuals competing for…who knows what? Maybe attention. Maybe ego. Maybe for the boss’ good graces. Maybe they think there’s scarcity of resources (I don’t believe that in any way, there’s opportunity for everyone). Corporate culture sucks. But it doesn’t have to.

People need to surf and surf more 🙂

How can we continually work in an environment that creates more stress than it has to? I believe corporate America needs to turn it down a few notches and change the we work. I believe people are more productive when they’re happy. I believe certain amounts of stress is good motivator. But stress needs to be used effectively.

Surfing has been a critical component of how I deal with stress.

Ok, so where am I going with this? In order to be a productive member of society, people need to learn how to deal with stress and be able to identify the cause and effect. People need to surf and surf more 🙂

Successful people consistently dedicate time to meditate, exercise and disconnect. Surfing provides all of that including nature. Surfing has been a critical component of how I deal with stress. After every surf session, I feel more relaxed, I feel accomplished, I feel stoked. That natural stoke follows me throughout the day and sometimes into the next morning. If you haven’t tried surfing and are dealing with high levels of stress, grab a surfboard, buy a lesson and give it a shot! I promise you, you’ll learn something about yourself and you’ll have no trouble sleeping that night. Let me know what you think and if you agree.

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First Day of Winter Swell at The Bull, El Porto, Los Angeles

It’s been almost a year since I blogged. I’m happy you stuck with me while I’ve been busy getting acclimated to Los Angeles. Last year, I moved to Long Beach (long story short, there was no surf in the good ol’ LBC, I’ll save it for a different blog). But now, I’m happy to say, I’ve been surfing quite nicely throughout the summer and same is true while living in Long Beach.

For my first blog back here’s some eye candy of my home break, El Porto (pumping!).

You can expect a consistent flow of new content since I’ve been side tracked. Back on the saddle, then. Can’t wait to tell you what I’ve discovered and rediscovered during this past year.

First Day of Winter Swell (WNW 11.21.19)

Thailand with Mom Blog Series

It’s been a few months since I came back, and I’ve been receiving requests for details of my latest adventure to Southeast Asia (Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia) with my mom. I am grateful for the opportunity to be able to share some of my favorite places with my mom. My mom is awesome!

I’ve visited Thailand back in 2015 and I regret not doing some of the things that were in reach when I was there. Fortunately this time around, I did everything I wanted to do in Thailand. In this blog series I will cover my first stop, Thailand, following Cambodia and Indonesia in separate series. I will outline where I stayed, what I did and provide some tips on traveling through.

I am super grateful for the opportunity to be able to share some of my favorite places with mom.

My mom is awesome! I love my mom!

Where?

  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Phuket, Thailand
  • Phi Phi Islands

Fortunately this time around, I did everything I wanted to do in Thailand.

What?

  • Elephant Sanctuary
  • Hiking Doi Inthanon, the highest peak in Thailand
  • Visiting Thailand Tropical Rainforest
  • Shopping at Chiang Mai’s Night Bazaar
  • Scuba diving at Phi Phi Islands
  • Trekking through Phuket’s Bangla Road
  • Spectating Kickboxing at Tiger Stadium
  • To or not to massage

How?

  • Airlines
  • Bus Tours

When?

Early November 2018 – Off season

Stay tuned…

Beware: Thailand’s Deadly Roads

24,000 people are estimated to die this year in road accidents

I am not the type of person to talk about depressing shit. But this is just fucking ridiculous. Thailand is such a beautiful country in that it has so much to offer, but has a major problem in implementing safety controls on its roads.

During the holiday week from December 24, 2018 – January 1, 2019, 478 people lost their lives in motor accidents reported by the World Health Organization. That’s on average 66 people per day. It breaks my heart.

Road accidents in Thailand

  • 2nd in the world for road accident deaths, after Libya
  • 24,000 people are estimated to die on Thai roads every year
  • 73% of those killed are motorcyclists
  • 36.9m vehicles ply Thai roads – it’s gone up by 30% in the last five years

World Health Organization – BBC News Article

I will keep it very simple, please beware of driving in Thailand. Please keep it safe and hire a driver. Please spread the word. Prayers to those that have lost their lives and to the families that have lost loved ones in road accidents.

Thailand, please make it safe. Please stop drunk drivers. Please enforce the law. Please save lives!

Uluwatu is no joke.

Ok. So it’s been pretty busy to say the least. I have been meaning to get to blogging surfing Uluwatu since I got back from Bali this past summer. I even created a video about it.

Bali is a magical place where everyone is an artist. Experiencing Bali definitely put life in perspective. One of the major lessons I learned while visiting Bali, is to relax and be yourself. The locals are really friendly, humble and understanding. I love Bali!

Uluwatu was at the top of the list of places to surf. This break is no joke! It’s fast, it’s scary and it’s beautiful at the same time. When I first arrived in Bali, I surfed Kuta and Seminyak at Double Six Beach. After 3 nights, I was not as prepared as I wanted to be. But traveling for only 2 weeks, I had to seize the opportunity.

When we first arrived at Uluwatu, it was high tide and very much alive. You will see in the 60 sec video below.

At first glance, I was a bit nervous. All of my friend left me to explore a smaller, less intimidating break. However, I was determined to make my dream of surfing Uluwatu come true.

I paced for about 15-20 minutes examining the entry point through the cave. I also wanted to explore another entry point, but only to learn that there’s only one way in and one way out, through the cave. At this point, I had to muster enough courage to attempt the entry. I studied the surfers that were in the tunnel attempting to exit. I studied the proximity of the walls, the rocks, the waves and timing of each swell.

Once I was brave enough to enter, I took my time and paced my breathing. I knew that the biggest challenge was to remain calm especially with the adrenaline and excitement running through my body.  I was 100% alert for any surprises.

Once I got past the tunnel, the swells came in fast. I lost my shirt about 20 minutes in. Once I got to the line up, there were about 15-20 guys out (this was about 12:20-1:00PM) and I knew it was going to be difficult competing for  waves. I just needed one ride.

It took me 2 hours to figure out one of the breaks towards the right. I was not able to catch any of the waves with such a large crowd. I got anxious after observing and patiently waiting until I noticed another break in the middle of Uluwatu. There were only a handful of guys out there, and there was surely a reason. The waves came in much larger, faster and more powerful (this was on a small day 5-8′). After observing from the far side I took my chances and positioned myself towards the outside. At this point, I was not afraid, nor nervous. I wanted to catch a wave so bad nothing else mattered.

I caught my first in the video above and realized I had came and did was I was set out to do. Three seconds of bliss. I felt good. I felt exhausted. I felt accomplished. I felt lucky. I was grateful.

Thanks for following and hanging in there even though its been awhile since I blogged. Today is my 3 year anniversay on WordPress! So I guess I’m stuck to continuing another year. Until next time! See you in the line up!

Also, if you like my blog I am very active on Instagram. Check out and follow to see what I’ve been up to! Another big trip starts tomorrow!

https://www.instagram.com/mysurfblog/

Bali – where I left my heart.

I am not going to deny it. I fell in love in Bali. I fell in love with Bali. I love Bali. Back in Los Angeles I continue to think about her. I guess that’s when you know you’re in love. I’ve tried to shake it off. I’ve tried to explain it to myself that LA is my true love. But so is Bali…

I guess being in love isn’t a bad thing. Better to love than not to love at all.

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Here are some pictures to help me explain why Bali is my love…and why I think about her daily.

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That one time I bought a girls shirt and looked super gay. I crack myself up.

I hope to see you soon. See ya in the line up!

It’s been awhile…

Hey guys,

A lot has happened in the last 2 months since coming back from Bali. I’ve moved to Los Angeles to live out a dream! I guess you can say, I’m livin’ the dream. I think the older you get, the more initiative you have to do what you’ve always wanted to do before it’s too late and life passes you by. Why did I move to Los Angeles? I think I’ll save that story for another blog.

I’ve created some new videos of my experience in Bali and I have to say, Bali is magical!

Here are some past photos I’ve been posting on Instagram. My bad I haven’t been blogging! But I will pick it back up within the next couple of weeks. Be sure to subscribe and follow me on Instagram for the latest.

Destination Indo: Getting Barreled in Bali (My Indo Surf List)

After two years of aspirations and surfing domestically, it’s time to travel into international waters, Indonesia. Dreams of Indo are being realized and I have one goal in mind, surf. After working my ass off for the last 4 years and training at my local break almost every day, my mind, body and mental state are ready to take on world class waves.

I am certain my surfing will be in tip top shape after surfing heavy close outs almost every day at Ocean Beach. Bali’s waves are longer, consistent and dreamy. I can already see myself shredding in and out of the curl and pulling back to get barreled.

I will be spending over a week in Indo and I plan to hit up most of the South West of the island. My first stop is to check in our villa and head out. I will be bringing my 5’9″ Tomo Firewire Vanguard 2. This baby will do nicely.

My Indo Surf List

  1. Canggu
  2. Kuta
  3. Padang Padang
  4. Uluwatu
  5. Bingin
  6. Balagan
  7. Impossibles
  8. Dreamland
  9. Suluban
  10. Keramas

Stay tuned for some insane shots. And don’t worry, I will be bringing you along, just be sure to follow on Instagram for up to date video clips of my trip. Watch me live out a dream. Barreled in Bali.

Here are some nice lists of Bali’s surf spots.

Top 10 Surf Spots from Bali Magazine

Bali Surf Camp

Bali Surf Advisor

Surfing soothes me, it’s always been a kind of Zen experience for me. The ocean is so magnificent, peaceful, and awesome. The rest of the world disappears for me when I’m on a wave. – Paul Walker

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